The Traveler

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At a time of my life when I was facing a lot of changes and adjustments as well as new opportunities and possibilities, including a new job, I naturally was feeling excited yet stressed, encouraged yet confused. I was praying about it all, of course, but still felt somewhat overwhelmed. I asked for a sign to help me know what direction to take with some of my goals.  One night, I had the following dream:

Dream: “The Unknown Road”

I am driving my car along a beautiful but unfamiliar country road. I am alone, with no particular destination in mind – just going for a ride on a beautiful summer day. I am driving carefully, especially at intersections, although there is little traffic in that rural area. The scenery is gorgeous, with gentle, rolling green hills in the distance, and the sky is a lovely blue with some puffy cumulus clouds. But then I notice some wisps of black in the sky and became frightened, thinking a storm is approaching. Then I see some men fixing the road up ahead and realize that what I had seen is not black clouds, but smoke coming from a machine that is mixing hot asphalt.

The road then ends at a “T”-type intersection. I don’t know whether to turn left or right. I pull over to the side, stop the car and get out, looking for a street or destination sign, but see none. The scenery here is breathtaking, because up ahead I see beautiful mountains and an enormous cathedral, bigger than any building I’ve ever seen, with the ornate, beautiful architecture common in old cathedrals. As I scan the panorama, I’m dismayed to see some ugly industrial buildings to the right and left in the distance. I think what a shame it is that they’re spoiling the beautiful landscape. The sight of them lends an eerie, desolate aspect to the scenery, giving me a creepy feeling. I wonder if I should ask someone where I am, so that I can figure out how to get back home. At first I resist, because I really had wanted to figure it out for myself, but with no signs to guide me, it doesn’t seem possible. I realize that I’ll have to ask for directions.

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When I awoke, I realized how perfectly symbolic this dream was of my current situation. Roads, of course, symbolize the path we are taking in life. The road I was on, though beautiful, was rather narrow, which brought to mind “the narrow way” mentioned in the Gospels, and it was long and winding, showing that I still have far to go. The black clouds that I saw, which turned out to be harmless smoke from a truck doing street repairs, seemed to mean that some of my fears were groundless, and that my attempts to “repair” the things that are wrong in my life might be scary and upsetting sometimes, but necessary.

The T-intersection symbolized the fact that I can’t travel in the same direction forever; eventually I will come to a crossroads and have to make a decision and choose a new direction. I believed that the great cathedral in the distance represented my spiritual aspirations, and its huge size showed that it was an extremely important aspect of my life. The industrial buildings made me feel “creepy” and also angry at the way they ruined the beautiful landscape. Since industry is another word for work, I felt that they symbolized my fear of being overwhelmed with work to the point where I’d be unable to fulfill my higher ambitions and spiritual growth.

The dream was inconclusive, because it ended with my still being at the crossroads. To get more insight into this dream and what it might be trying to tell me, I put my mind into a passive, receptive state and did some journaling, which often results in spontaneous words and insights flooding into my mind (I call this “The Writing”). I received the following inspiration about my dream:

Become as a traveler who is not totally sure of the way, so he asks Someone who knows the area well to guide him. From the traveler’s viewpoint, sometimes the road will be deceptive. He might think one direction will lead him where he wants to go, only to find that it winds around and around, and he ends up back where he started. The wise traveler will admit his ignorance of the way and seek help. He will follow the direction of a knowledgeable person, even though sometimes the road that is pointed out seems like it could not possibly be the right one. The shortest path is sometimes the wrong one, and the experienced guide will know this, but the traveler, who is unfamiliar with the territory, will not.

“If sometimes the road ahead looks deceptively easy and you are fooled into thinking it is the right one, you might get lost. But if you seek the help of God, Who knows the way, you will never go wrong. You still might have to travel a great distance, go over many obstacles and follow a very tortuous road, but in the end you will reach your goal.

“The traveler who goes nowhere is the one who is too proud to ask directions, who goes his own way no matter what the circumstances. Do not be like this traveler, but like the one who is humble enough to know when he needs guidance.

“Ignore those who will tell you that sometimes you must hurt others to get ahead. If you aspire to this sort of success, you are on the wrong path. ‘Getting ahead’ this way is only a euphemism for selfishly grasping at things that are only temporary. This will give you nothing but grief. You will ponder on what you achieved and find it empty. Honor first what God has asked of you — to use your gifts for the benefit of others and to glorify God. If you do this, you will achieve your goals, find true contentment, and overcome the obstacles which hinder your growth. This will give you a freedom that no earthly success can ever give. Do not heed the discordant voices that try to lead you astray. They are only empty noise in a space that is devoid of any true peace or happiness.

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11 thoughts on “The Traveler

  1. Great post Gloria! You touched me with…

    “Honor first what God has asked of you — to use your gifts for the benefit of others and to glorify God.”

    This is my desire in life!

    This I believe

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  2. theburningheart

    Great dream and great interpretation, but do not hesitate to look for guidance, yes it can come in many guises, not necessarily a person, and it’s great when you can summed up directly from Spirit, or God within ourselves, but we have to be humble and take it from were it may come, remember everything comes from above, and for a reason. 🙂

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    • Yes, guidance comes in many forms, as I have pointed out in my other posts. I am always on the alert for it. There was a time for me when a lot of it came in dreams. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  3. Gloria, this is brilliant.. how are dreams reflect our current concern, never giving us the solution but highlight the need for The Writing as you call it.. the need to ask God for input , the need to figuring it out before a decision.

    I loved this post brillant. It is totally spot on about life if we only stop and slow down. And connect we have gods guidance.

    Feel so energised reading this.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Bella

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    • Bella, thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. Yes, it’s important to know that God (or whatever a person chooses to call the Divine Presence) truly cares about each and every one of us individually and is always there to listen and guide. If anyone doubts this, I encourage them to keep an open mind and try it. It’s something a person has to experience for himself/herself.

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  4. I had big life change about a year ago causing many different aspects of my life to change and it took me a great while and many prayers to find my way back to a peaceful state of mind.
    I love how you interpreted your dream. Very astute of you. I dream every night and wish I could make that kind of sense of mine. Most nights I can grasp my subconscious is trying to work out my issues I’m currently dealing with or stressors.
    Great blog about the choices we make in choosing the best road to traipse down 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for reading my blog and for sharing your own thoughts. I studied about dreamwork for years and keep extensive dream journals, although I don’t have nearly so many insightful dreams as I did during a particular period that spanned about 15 years. There are many (serious) books that will help you better understand the symbolism in dreams, but it should be used only as a take-off point, b/c symbols sometimes can mean different things to different people. Your own “gut feeling” about a dream is very important, too.

      I will be doing future posts on working with dreams, and am even considering writing a book about it. So stay tuned! And again, thank you for your support! 🙂

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  5. I have gone through a few of your posts and I find that your blog is interesting and well written. Just have to leave a comment to let you know. Have a wonderful new week!! Cheers!

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